Girls Lacrosse: Lyons Township savors historic campaign
The Lyons Township girls lacrosse team is all smiles after winning the sectional championship.
Updated: July 3, 2012 11:47AM
Junior Cecilia Luxem figures to be a key leader for the up-and-coming Lyons Township girls lacrosse program next season.
For the moment, she’s still savoring the Lions’ recently completed historic season, as LT beat Neuqua Valley 17-11 on May 21 to win the program’s first sectional championship.
“It was incredible to be part of something that happened for the very first time,” Luxem said. “I am so proud of the team. It’s a great experience that I will never forget. Every girl on the team bonded so well, and I will never forget this season.”
LT (17-8) fell one win shy of advancing further, losing to No. 1 Loyola 19-1 in the Loyola Supersectional on May 23.
The Lions finished the season ranked No. 7 by laxpower.com.
“It’s the first time we made it to the final eight, so that’s very exciting,” LT coach Jim Moy said. “I thought we had a great season. Obviously, Loyola and New Trier are several notches above everyone else in the state. We ended the season ranked No. 7, which is our best finish ever, so that’s great. I just thought we played our best at the end and really came together.”
Before losing to Loyola, the Lions won seven straight games, after dropping six of eight during a previous difficult stretch.
“At the beginning of the season, I had all these strategies and game plans going into games, and they didn’t really work out most of the time,” Moy said. “At the end of the season, I just let them play and they did much better. They showed how much they matured as a team against Neuqua Valley.”
Among the team’s graduates are Lauren Barrett (39 regular-season goals, 22 assists), Caitlin Campion (71 goals, 14 assists), Anna Doten (54 draw controls, 33 ground ball controls), Stephanie King (45 goals, 10 assists), Lauren Just, Bianca Perri, Sarah Pipal, Linnea Ridlen and Taylor Sopron.
“The seniors really clicked,” Moy said. “Caitlin is the best player we’ve ever had. She was such a big impact player. She had really good supporting (seniors) like Lauren Barrett, Stephanie King and Anna Doten. Without them, our success wouldn’t have been possible.”